Source: Publisher – I received this in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Series: Babymouse: Tales from the Locker #3
Edition: Hardcover, 191 Pages
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Watch out, Big City! Babymouse is on a field trip without a chaperone in the third book in the Babymousetastic, highly illustrated Babymouse: Tales from the Locker series.
Babymouse’s art class is headed to a museum in the Big City. And now that they’re middle schoolers, she and her friends will be totally unsupervised! She can’t wait to check out all the world-famous art…that is, until she overhears Felicia Furrypaws planning to ditch the museum and hit the town instead. Babymouse decides to test her freedom with an urban adventure of her own. Will she make it back to the museum before the bus leaves? Or will life in the Big City trip her up big-time?
School-Tripped takes Babymouse to the big city to visit a museum, but instead of viewing the artwork she and her friend decide to explore the city itself. It’s a cute read but some great humor, but not enough on the lesson front.
This is my first time reading a Babymouse story, and despite being the third book in the series I had no issues with understanding the characters at all. It’s a fairly self-contained book, so if you or your little one want to dive in then you’ll both be able to fully enjoy it. Babymouse has entered middle school and is finding it a little less than glamorous, she’s terrible in the gym and deals with bullies, but she has one class that she truly enjoys and that’s her art class. I love her enthusiasm about pretty much everything that piques her interest and her ability to sort of roll with the punches even if a situation is way out of her depth. I appreciate the theme of being resourceful and independent, but I do feel that there were not enough consequences for Babymouse when she wanders off into a large city unsupervised. It almost makes the entire trip seem like a good idea at the end of it, despite the issues she had. It does, however, highlight the fact that phones can be helpful, but it’s important to know how to function without them using things like maps and phone directories.
Aside from the somewhat unlikely nature of the story (most schools would never let middle school aged kids roam by themselves) and the kind of ideal outcome for Babymouse’s decision to rush into a city without an adult, this was a really fun read. It has some great humor in it and some really cute illustrations. I do really feel that this is perfect for the age group, really honing in on the fact that middle school is hardly anyone’s idea of perfect and getting the humor that comes along with it. It talks about the independence that most kids that age are really coming to desire, and I do think it shows the need to truly think out your decisions before you make them.